Gene Gallagher is the Rosemary Park Professor Emeritus of Religious Studies at Connecticut College and founding director of the Joy Shechtman Mankoff Center for Teaching & Learning. He is also a co-chair of the new AAR effort to create guidelines about what every two- and four-year college graduate should know about the study of religion. He also contributed an excellent chapter in…
Dr. Jafralie shares about the history and current status of the Ethics and Religious Culture (ERC) program in Quebec. She has taught the ERC curriculum since its initial implementation in 2008 and also teaches pre-service teachers about the curriculum. Her research examines the need for more teacher education about religion in Quebec in order to improve the treatment of the ERC curriculum in primary and secondary schools.
Members of the Religion & Education Collaborative provide summaries of the projects they are currently working on. Presenters include: Alice Chan, Ryan Gardner, Gayle Pagnoni, Ben Marcus, and Kate Soules.
We take turns sharing updates about our work and the year ahead before a presentation by Ben Marcus about his experience in June 2018 creating national policies and guidelines for religion and education in Albania, generously funded by a Fulbright Specialist grant.
In our current global community where misunderstanding regarding the religious and non-religious worldviews of ‘the other’ lead to conflicts of various kinds and degrees, increasing students’ religious & secular worldview literacy at all levels is desperately needed.
Get a sneak-peek of a conference – Home(lands): The American Heartland in Religion and Education. It’s the first of 3 conferences over 12 months in 3 US regions (Heartland, West, South), representing a triptych (The American Frame) on Religion and Education in America.
Making Sense of Separationist and Accommodationist Narratives Through the Lens of Theological Convictions
The presentation is an overview of Brett’s proposed dissertation research. Brett’s project asks how the personal theological convictions of mid-century Supreme Court Justices, current secondary civics teachers, and curriculum developers in the intervening period (1960-present) shape(d) their professional work involving the Religion Clauses.
In this meeting, members of the Religion and Education Collaborative give updates on their work across many different fields, including recent conference presentation, educational initiatives, and research projects. Watch the recording to hear about all of the exciting work that members of the collaborative are doing to advance research on religion and education.
Dr. Gayle Pagnoni shares her experiences creating a partnership between the Boniuk Institute for Religious Tolerance at Rice University and the Houston Independent School District. Gayle has taught in secondary and tertiary education for over a decade, and holds a doctorate in Religion from the University of Florida.
To date, our Religion and Education Collaborative webinars have focused on religious literacy in public and private schools, and in higher education. To inform ourselves of the valuable work that is also done in these contexts by community groups and NGOs, our June 7 call welcomed two representatives from the Kaur Foundation, Mirin Phool, co-founder and president, and Dr. Pritpal Kaur Ahluwalia, Associate Director of Education and Community Development. They presented on the origins of the foundation and the religious literacy efforts they have established with teachers and schools in the US, especially vis-à-vis instruction about Sikhism.